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"Made in NY" Films Flock to the Theatres

By Jasmine Carayol May 10, 2010 - Over the past several weeks and throughout May, several “Made in NY” productions are making their way to local theatres and television.

Starring Queen Latifah, Just Wright is the story of a physical therapist who falls for her NBA All-Star client. Their professional relationship and his interest in her childhood friend provide obstacles in this romantic comedy directed by Sanaa Hamri. Also starring Common and Paula Patton, the film opens on May 14.

Inspired by a true story, Holy Rollers is the story of a Hasidic kid, played by Jesse Eisenberg, turned ecstasy dealer. After he accepts his neighbor’s offer to transport drugs, he inevitably finds himself torn between life in his Orthodox Brooklyn community and the seamy drug-smuggling world. Directed by Kevin Asch, the film opens on May 21 and also stars Justin Bartha, Danny A. Abeckaser, Ari Graynor and Q-Tip.

Opening on May 21, Solitary Man depicts an automobile tycoon (Michael Douglas), who must face the negative consequences that his reckless behavior has had on his personal and professional lives. Susan Sarandon, Mary-Louise Parker, Danny DeVito, Jenna Fischer, and Jesse Eisenberg also star in the film co-directed by Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

The much-anticipated Sex and the City 2 premieres on May 27 with Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis, and Cynthia Nixon reprising their iconic roles. Director Michael Patrick King brings the fabulous foursome and some other familiar faces back to the big screen in this depiction of their lavish New York City lifestyle as well as the girls’ getaway to the desert.

Multiple Sarcasms, co-written and directed by Brooks Branch, opened on May 7. Set in 1979, the film depicts the life of Gabriel Richmond (Timothy Hutton), a man who is very successful both personally and professionally. When his movie-going habit causes him to re-examine his personal relationships, Gabriel begins writing a play about his life and many changes ensue.

Directed by Bette Gordon, Handsome Harry stars Jamey Sheridan as an ex-Navy man who honors the final request of a dying friend by breaking the silence surrounding a past crime. Released in April, this film follows mysteries that are gradually solved as Harry and his shipmates face their distant past.

The Greatest, starring Susan Sarandon and Pierce Brosnan, is a drama about the intersection between a young woman (Carey Mulligan) and a family grieving the loss of their son (Aaron Johnson). Directed by Shana Feste, the film was released in April.

Also released in April, Paper Man is about an unsuccessful writer (Jeff Daniels) with an imaginary superhero friend who learns about growing up from his unexpected friendship with a teenager (Emma Stone). Lisa Kudrow and Ryan Reynolds also star in the comedy, co-directed by Kieran and Michele Mulroney.

Directed by Jordan Galland, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead finds Julian Marsh, an unemployed ladies’ man, directing a peculiar version of Hamlet. Comedy and conspiracy ensue as Julian realizes the shocking connection between Shakespeare, the Holy Grail, and vampires. Jake Hoffman and Devon Aoki star in the film released on April 16.

Showcased at the Tribeca Film Festival and now in theatres, Please Give stars Catherine Keener and Oliver Platt as an affluent Manhattan couple hoping to expand their apartment into the adjacent unit of an elderly woman after her death.

On television, April 23 saw the series premiere of Gravity, a television dramedy based on the lives of a group of out-patient program suicide survivors. Created by Jill Franklyn and Eric Schaeffer (who also stars), the ensemble cast includes Krysten Ritter, Ivan Sergei, Ving Rhames, Rachel Hunter, Robyn Cohen, James Martinez, and Seth Numrich.

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